Peterson, Vikings run past Lions 34-24

Peterson, Vikings run past Lions 34-24
November 11, 2012, 4:17 pm
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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright, right, catches a pass in front of Detroit Lions safety Erik Coleman during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, padding his NFL rushing lead with 171 yards on 27 carries for the Minnesota Vikings in a 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.

Peterson had 120 yards in the final 15 minutes, 10 1/2 months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Ponder bounced back from a rough game with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 24-for-32 passing for the Vikings (6-4).

Calvin Johnson had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown that brought the Lions (4-5) a little closer with 1:53 left. But Johnson's lost fumble near midfield on the previous possession put Vikings rookie Blair Walsh in position for his fourth field goal.